Jan
15
2014

Out of the box

You can consider this a minor rant or pet peeve; either is appropriate. Of all the things that bug me about directives in tool manuals, this one is at the top of the list. (Read More…)

Jan
10
2014

Molar and tenon

As I struggled to remain calm in the dentist’s chair yesterday (read: keep from whimpering like a little girl), once again I’m amazed at the similarities between dentistry and woodworking. (Read More…)

Jan
07
2014

Frozen assets

I was planning on getting some shop work done today. But thanks to the Polar Vortex that’s plunged this portion of the Midwest into the deep freeze, maybe not. (Read More…)

Jan
02
2014

An abrasive habit

We all have some shop practices we don’t brag about. This is one I probably shouldn’t admit, but I don’t see me changing the habit any time soon. (Read More…)

Dec
23
2013

Fix it, or fudge it?

Tools should be kept in top shape, but when a permanent fix or adjustment is overly time-consuming, a quick workaround can be tempting. (Read More…)

Dec
17
2013

Simple things

I just finished the easiest, simplest project I’ve done in years. And I couldn’t have had more fun doing it. (Read More…)

Dec
13
2013

Jumping through hoops

Hundreds of things make running a small business difficult. I just spent nearly two hours dealing with one. (Read More…)

Dec
10
2013

Catching the fever

Ever want something for the shop but were content to wait, then something suddenly infects you with gotta-have-it-NOW fever? Yeah, me too. (Read More…)

Dec
06
2013

Combined efforts

For the first time in years, I’m using a published plan to make a project. Of course, the finished project will probably bear little resemblance to the original. (Read More…)

Dec
03
2013

Suddenly Santa

For many of you this is the busiest time of the year in your shops, but for the first time in recent memory I have no long list of holiday gifts to build. (Read More…)